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Hello! I'm a writer from central New York who has bipolar disorder. Among other topics, I write about mental illness and writing. I have short stories published in Lynx Eye, Lost Coast Review, The Outrider Review, Sliver of Stone Magazine, The Mondegreen, The Linnet's Wings, Cobalt Review, Breath & Shadow, The Round Up, Postscripts to Darkness, Masque & Spectacle, and several other journals. I have essays about mental illness in The Ram Boutique and Amygdala Literary Magazine, and an essay in Parts Unbound: Narratives of Mental Illness & Health, a book that was published by Lime Hawk Literary Arts Collective. In December of 2016, The Mondegreen nominated my story "Santa Lucia" for a Pushcart Prize. I've written a novel entitled Purple Loosestrife and a novel entitled Hoping It Might Be So, both of which I am submitting to agents and publishers. I'm working on a novel called Dark and Bright as well as a book called Violets Are Blue: Essays About My Bipolar Life. I have a B.A. in English from SUNY Buffalo and an M.A. in English from SUNY College at Brockport. I hope you enjoy your visit to my blog!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

A Little Running Can Go a Long Way

Yesterday, I ran a little bit for the first time in quite a while. I had stopped running for various reasons including problems with my hypothyroidism and exertional (exercise-induced) headaches. But I missed running and decided to try doing it again. I've been walking, and I walk really fast for the cardio benefits, so I interspersed into my walking a few little bursts of running for fifteen seconds at a time. It's only a very little bit of running at this point, but I've got to start somewhere.

The good part for me is that I went ahead and did it. I was scared that I'd get an exertional headache (they're as bad as migraines), but I'm taking it so slowly that I'm hoping those won't be a problem anymore. Also, I'm forty-nine years old but so what? If I work up to running again slowly, who's to say I can't do it? Now, if I don't like it anymore, then I'll go back to power walking, but at least I'm trying.

I love the runner's high, and while I do get an endorphin burst from power walking, I really get a great feeling when I run. I also used to enjoy running 5Ks. I've run in five of them and would love to do it again if I can. The picture here is of me at my first ever 5K. So we'll see what happens. Whatever happens, the boost to my confidence was great.

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